Where Writers And Authors Meet Interviews:
Jaimie Hope was our Featured Spotlight author last week and vistors were encouraged to ask Jaimie some of their own questions! Here is a link to that Spotlight! Feel free to ask more questions, and we might just be able to get Jaimie back for a follow up interview!
The reason it took me so long was that I kept getting discouraged and giving up. I kept going back to it because the character (Baby Jaimie) kept talking to me. Most of my other characters do that to me now whenever I contemplate giving up.
I’m assuming you mean which living author and not one of those living or dead type of questions. I would like to meet Judy Blume because I love her work and because she’s Judy Blume.
3. Baby Jaimie uses a wheelchair and you say you decided to make the main character your alter ego. How much of the stories are based upon your own experiences? (From: Edward Frank)
A great deal of the stories are based on my life. I use a wheelchair and most of the stories are ripped from my real life. The exception might be with this last book, The Adventures of Baby Jaimie: Baby Jaimie Goes to the Hospital. I did go to the hospital when I was a child, but it wasn’t for the same reason as Baby Jaimie.
4. Do you feel the character is a good inspiration for other children with physical difficulties? (From: Edward Frank)
I have been told the character is inspirational, but I don’t know if I would call her that. I see her as just a little girl. She’s no better or worse than any other child. This is what I strive to convey with her, she’s just a person like everyone else.
5. What kind of feedback have you had on your Jaimie stories fro readers? (From: Edward Frank)
Feedback from most readers have been positive. There are some who can’t understand her name
Because she isn’t exactly a baby. If you read book one all will be revealed.
(From Virginia: www.virginiajennings.webs.com)
5. What inspired you to start writing your books?
When I was in high school my dream was to write my autobiography. During my senior year the idea for a children’s book popped into my head. I’d gotten it into my head that I could do a lot of good writing my Baby Jaimie books. First, it give disabled children a role model and empower them to see a disabled main character in a series. Secondly, it would be a teaching tool for able bodied children and hopefully it would stop bullying.
6. If you could visit any place in the world where would you go?
Tennessee is probably my favorite place on the planet.
7. What is your favorite kind of music?
Mostly I listen to Country, but I also love Oldies, 80’s, Classic Rock, and most other types of music. Really, it all depends on the day and the kind of mood I’m in or trying to get in.
8. What has been your favorite part of being an author?
Meeting the readers.
9. Tell us about your books… will there be any more?
I currently have one more Baby Jaimie book in the works. I am planning a spin-off, which will be geared more for the older young readers (7-11). They will be chapter books.
10. If there was one question you have always wanted to be asked what would it be and what would be your answer?
I have gotten so many great questions over the years. Honestly, I can’t think of one I wish was asked, but haven’t been.
Thank you for your questions Virginia, Ruthie, and Edward. It was a pleasure answering them!
From the Admin: Thank you Jaimie, for sharing a little about you and your books with us! I really enjoyed reading your interview!
You can find Jaimie Hope’s books on Amazon Here:
Jaimie Hope’s Baby Jaimie Series!